Sunday, June 10, 2012

CIENTO: 100 100-Word Love Poems Nominated For Northern California Book Award for Poetry! Lorna Dee Cervantes at Awards Ceremony TODAY!

I'll be at the Northern California Book Awards, 2012, ceremony TODAY at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Hall, 1-4 pm! My book, CIENTO: 100 100-Word Love Poems has been nominated for an award for Best Book of Poetry! Michael Pollan will be accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award. One of my favorite poets, Jane Hirshfield is also nominated for an award for poetry; I don't expect to win.

Will I see you there?


31st Annual Northern California Book Awards

Sunday, June 10, 2012

1:00-2:30 pm: Awards Ceremony
readings & remarks by this year's award-winning authors

2:30-4:00 pm: Book Signing & Reception

San Francisco Main Library
Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin, Civic Center, San Francisco
Reception follows in the Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room
Nominated books on sale by Readers Bookstore at the Main
Fred Cody Award presented by Jonah Raskin
Event emcee Sedge Thomson, "West Coast Live"

The Northern California Book Awards are presented by Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, Center for the Art of Translation, Red Room (, PEN West, Mechanics' Institute, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and Readers Bookstore at the Main.

For more information:, 510.525.5476,


Michael Pollan, author, journalist, food activist & cultural critic

Everything Is Its Own Reward, An All Over Coffee Collection,
Paul Madonna, City Lights

Sequoia Gardens, Ernest J. Finney, Southern Methodist University Press
A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, Ron Hansen, Scribner
Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante, Atlantic Monthly Press
Lola, California, Edie Meidav, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
We the Animals, Justin Torres, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet, Eavan Boland, W. W. Norton
Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife, Philip L. Fradkin, University of California Press
The Left Coast: California on the Edge, Philip L. Fradkin, photos by Alex L. Fradkin, University of California Press
Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions, Sandra M. Gilbert, W.W. Norton
Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest, Mary Jo McConahay, Chicago Review Press

Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System, Barry Eichengreen, Oxford University Press
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, Adam Hochschild, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Shah, Abbas Milani, Palgrave Macmillan
Natural History of San Francisco Bay, California Natural History Guides, Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong, University of California Press
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942, Ian W. Toll, W. W. Norton

Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Wings Press
Come, Thief, Jane Hirshfield, Alfred A. Knopf
Sugar Zone, Mary Mackey, Marsh Hawk Press
When I Was a Poet, David Meltzer, City Lights
Thread, Michael Palmer, New Directions

The Twelve Chairs, Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, translated by Anne O. Fisher, Northwestern
Tyrant Memory, Horacio Castellanos Moya, translated by Katherine Silver, New Directions
After Many Autumns: A Collection of Chinese Buddhist Literature, editors John Gill and Susan Tidwell, translated by John Balcom, Buddha's Light Publishing
The Changing Room, by Zhai Yongming, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter, Zephyr Press
My Naked Brain: Selected Poems of Leopoldo María Panero, translated by Arturo Mantecón, Swan Scythe Press

Young Adult
Instructions for a Broken Heart, Kim Culbertson, Sourcebooks
Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler, illustrations by Maira Kalman, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Clean, Amy Reed, Simon Pulse
Younger Readers
Seabird in the Forest, Joan Dunning, Boyd Mills Press
A Dazzling Display of Dogs, Betsy Franco, illustrations by Michael Wertz, Tricycle Press
Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage, Sophie Webb, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

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Anonymous Love Poems said...

This is such a great news, hope you win the prize!
I admire your work.

21/6/12 04:10  
Blogger Nature Poems said...

Nature Poems

Picnics poetry offers a lot of beautiful nature poems so if you want to write your own words you have a lot of sources of inspiration to choose from.

5/8/12 23:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Cervantes - I am trying to reach you for permission to reprint "Bananas" in the upcoming Heath Anthology of Literature, being published by Cengage Learning. Can you please contact me at as soon as possible? I would really appreciate it. We must confirm your approval by 8/10/12.
Thank you very much!

Jennifer Wagner
Senior Permissions Project Manager

7/8/12 06:24  
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18/9/12 11:33  
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